must be one of the most relaxing ways to
spend a few days (providing of course the
storms don't come up - then it turns into an
adventure second to none!)
Lake Kariba Houseboating holidays are
legendary and most days are calm and sunny.
The Zambian side of the lake is not crowded
with other houseboaters, in fact there are
only a few boats that operate on this side.
On the Zimbabwean side there are hundreds.
The lake, however is big enough to feel
completely isolated as you drift along the
banks or over to the many islands. The
sunsets and sunrises are spectacular.
You can hire a luxury cruiser with
cabins and crew to serve you in style, or
take your own food, bring loads of friends
and party 'till you drop.
Matusadonna Houseboat from
Lake Kariba Inns
Bateleur offers charter cruises on the Lake
from one night to ten nights in duration.
She sleeps 14 passengers and has 4 crew
members. On the lower deck are 3
cabins (one with double bed and en-suite
bathroom) accommodating 6 passengers, 2
public toilets/showers, a lounge, a fully
equipped kitchen with gas cooker, deep
freezers and 220 volt electricity on-board.
There is also a large pool/sun deck with a
fully operational Jacuzzi to cool off from
the heat of the day. On the upper deck
is the Captainís bar and a large comfortable
lounge area. Day seating on the upper
deck converts to sleeping accommodation at
night (sleeping an additional 8 passengers),
each bed is fully mosquito proofed with
large walk-in type mosquito nets. Two
tender boats are normally towed behind the
houseboat for fishing and/or sightseeing.
Tariffs are structured depending on the
nature and length of the charter but
normally include a basic rate for the
houseboat with catering quoted separately.
Extras include the bar and tender boat fuel
(charged according to usage).
The Southern Belle operated by Protea Hotels
is one of the largest houseboats in Southern
Africa located on Lake Kariba, Zambia which is
Africa's largest man
made dam; 226km long and in
places up to 40 km wide.
The Southern Belle has
three decks offering 22 en-suite cabins as well
as a conference room for up to 40 people,
lobby, sundry shop, restaurant and bar, top deck
with bar and a swimming pool. Ideal for
both leisure and business cruises with
spectacular views, stunning sunsets as well as a
range of activities or wonderful relaxing
holidays just soaking up the sunshine.